Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm Podcast

22
Feb

Interview with Queen Breeder Cory Stevens (57)

In this interview with queen breeder Cory Stevens we talk virgin queens, the challenges of raising queens as a business, and much more. Patrons, I hope you enjoy this early release which will go public on February 22nd.  Content is most suited to intermediate beekeepers who are comfortable making splits and introducing mated queens to a split. Once that feels comfortable -- consider adding great genetics to your yard via virgin queens from breeders like Cory. While they are a bit more challenging to introduce....they are cheaper to try out (so get several!) and since they mate with you local drones you can combine the benefits of selected genetics with your local bees. 

Cory's on facebook as Stevens Bee Company and his website is:  https://www.stevensbeeco.com/

This episode was released a week early over at Patreon -- Please become a "Friend of Five Apple" on Patreon today and join the folks who make the podcasts possible with a pledge of $4 or more. In addition to huge gratitude, you get:

•  Access to exclusive weekly blog posts including "Tip of the Week" 

•  Special Q&A posts to ask questions about YOUR bees

•  BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! 

•  Input on podcast topics

•  Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you! 

 Sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

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About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen-plus stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

16
Feb

Journeyman Test Review Segment A (56)

Reading of some sections of study material for the NC Journeyman level test. (Not a typical episode if you are a brand new listener! )

9
Feb

Bee-School Radio Part 4: Seasons & Cycles (55)

Bees are always working toward *something* and that something depends on where they are in the life cycle of the colony in relation to the cycle of the season. Understanding those layers will make beekeeping made a ton more sense! Also: Friends of Five Apple, check the Patreon page for new blog post on keeping apiary records and bonus podcast about the recent bee-shed drama and how the hives at Five Apple are doing this winter. 

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If you are getting value from the podcast please become a "Friend of Five Apple" on Patreon today!  You make the podcasts possible with a pledge of $4 or more. In addition to huge gratitude, you get:

•  Access to exclusive weekly blog posts including "Tip of the Week" 

•  Special Q&A posts to ask questions about YOUR bees

•  BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! 

•  Input on podcast topics

•  Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you! 

 Please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

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About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen or so stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

2
Feb

Listener Mail & Upcoming Episodes (54)

Going over listener questions and messages. The honey Winner! Plans for upcoming episodes. New beekeeper hazing...(just kidding). 

 

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If you are getting value from the podcast please become a "Friend of Five Apple" on Patreon today!  You make the podcasts possible with a pledge of $4 or more. In addition to huge gratitude, you get:

•  Access to exclusive weekly blog posts including "Tip of the Week" 

•  Special Q&A posts to ask questions about YOUR bees

• BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! 

•  Input on podcast topics

•  Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you! 

 Please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

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About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen or so stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

25
Jan

Interview: Tina Sebestyen of Colorado (53)

You have probably met Tina Sebestyen in the pages of Bee Culture or American Bee Journal where she is a most excellent writer as well as an experienced beekeeper in the high desert region of Colorado. Show notes and link to her website are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/33439459

 

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If you are getting value from the podcast please become a "Friend of Five Apple" on Patreon today!  You make the podcasts possible with a pledge of $4 or more. In addition to huge gratitude, you get:

•  Access to exclusive weekly blog posts including "Tip of the Week" 

•  Special Q&A posts to ask questions about YOUR bees

• BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! 

•  Input on podcast topics

•  Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you! 

 Please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

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About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen or so stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

19
Jan

Bee-School Radio Part 3: Equipment. Plus Honey Giveaway & more (52)

Show notes appear shortly after the episode over at https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple where you can also become a supporter of the podcast should you feel inclined! All the best to all of you, Leigh

11
Jan

Bee-School Radio Part 2: The Colony (51)

Talking about the whole hive as 'the animal.'

https://www.patreon.com/posts/33062208

Bee-School Radio 2020 is collection of special episodes of the podcast dedicated to brand new beekeepers. 

About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen or so stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and a few nucs yearly.

 

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If you are getting value from the podcast please become a "Friend of Five Apple" on Patreon today! Your $4 a month make more podcasts possible. In addition to huge gratitude, you get:

•  Access to exclusive blog posts including "Tip of the Week"

•  Exclusive Q&A post every week where you can ask me questions

•  BONUS podcast every month! 

•  Occasional early access to regular episodes

•  Input on the podcast topics

•  Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you! Please sign up today here:

https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

 

5
Jan

Readings: Post at The Apiarist (50)

Show notes with all episode links will be posted at https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

3
Jan

Bee-School Radio Part 1: Do you have what it takes? (49)

Part 1: Do you have what it takes to be a good beekeeper? This episode includes an easy test to give you the answer. 

Bee-School Radio 2020 is collection of special episodes of the podcast dedicated to brand new beekeepers. 

About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health with active selection for vigor and disease resistance since 2010. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting the show as a patron:  https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

29
Dec

Closing out 2019 plus encouragement: Don’t Give Up! (48)

The last episode of 2019! Some thanks, some encouragement. Show notes are posted here and include links to sources I mentioned as well as news about the podcast:

 https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-48-out-32811980

I'll be doing a 'Bee-School Radio' series for beginner beekeepers starting in January on the podcast to supplement the information at your local bee schools. Please spread the word with your clubs and social media places. 

21
Dec

Interview: Bryan Fisher (47)

Bryan Fisher is a fourth-generation beekeeper and North Carolina Master Beekeeper who runs well over a hundred hives in addition to his day job! He is also someone I greatly respect and admire. Show notes, including links to some of Bryan's presentations on YouTube can be found at https://www.patreon.com/posts/32518781

PS. I'll be doing a 'Bee School Radio' series for beginner beekeepers starting in January for podcast listeners. More on that soon. 

14
Dec

Readings: On Replacing Old Comb (46)

Show notes are at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32328651

About the podcast: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health with active selection for vigor and disease resistance since 2010. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting the show as a patron:  https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

4
Dec

From the listeners: Gratitudes on Beekeeping (45)

Episode 45 show notes at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32095933

--About the podcast: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health and vigor—free of chemical-treatments and without buying/catching replacement bees since 2010. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting the show as a patron:  https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

24
Nov

How to slyly bring up BEES at Thanksgiving! (44)

It’s a short and silly one but I’m thinking of you all as Thanksgiving approaches. Please visit the Five Apple Farm: Bees, Honey & More page on Facebook and tell me your gratitudes about being a beekeeper! I’ll share those next weekend.

18
Nov

The Bee Barn! (43)

The little nucs are cozy in the bee barn. Now we’ll see how it goes. Show notes with pics will appear in the next few days over at https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple/posts

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About the podcast: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health and vigor—free of chemical-treatments and without buying/catching replacement bees since 2010. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting the show as a patron:  https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

10
Nov

Interview: Dr Meghan Milbrath (42)

Show notes with links mentioned in episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31450833

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About the podcast: Leigh Knott keeps around a dozen-ish hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health and vigor —free of chemical-treatments and without buying/catching replacement bees since 2010. If you enjoy the podcast I would welcome your support of the show at:  https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

4
Nov

Dear Queen Stubby and the Observation hive (41)

Show notes are at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31450407

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About the podcast: Leigh Knott keeps around a dozen-ish hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health and vigor —free of chemical-treatments and without buying/catching replacement bees since 2010. If you enjoy the podcast I would welcome your support of the show at Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

28
Oct

Listener questions; Sugar Brick Recipes (40)

Show notes, posts & links at https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

Free sugar block recipe mentioned is here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/feeding-bees-in-31022420

Quilt gallery post mentioned (a weekly bonus-post for patrons of the show) is here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31101477

About the podcast: Leigh Knott keeps around a dozen-ish hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The apiary is managed for bee health and vigor —free of chemical-treatments and without buying/catching replacement bees since 2010.

20
Oct

First Interview! Mark Smith of Flatwoods Bee Farm (39)

None of this would be possible without the generous donations from THE RECORDER CREW!

i didn’t get the chance to add an intro and wrap up but will get better at all this. :-) Mark started with bees in 2010 and has been fully chemical free since 2013. He maintains upwards of 30-50 hives outside of Charlotte NC in Locust. Find him on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/flatwoodsbeefarm/https://www.facebook.com/flatwoodsbeefarm

Thank you all for telling your beekeeping friends about the podcast and leaving reviews on Apple Podcasts! And to the Patreon supporters: Huge gratitude! Please consider becoming part of the Farm Crew at: 

https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple

 

 

 

 

 

13
Oct

More Winter Prep: Reading on Insulation and Ventilation (38)

Show notes are available to everyone and include link to the online article I read from -- you can find it here:  www.patreon.com/fiveapple

9
Oct

WINTER PREP: The high-speed Overview (37)

Show notes will be posted and available to everyone at: www.patreon.com/fiveapple

3
Oct

Book Review Part 2 - Selected Reading (36)

Book Review Part 2 - Selection read from Chapter 3 "Tolerant Stock." Continuation of last episode's discussion of the excellent book "Keeping Bees Alive: Sustainable Beekeeping Essentials" by Lawrence John Connor (Wicwas Press, 2019) And some GREAT news! The recorder is a go thanks to incredible support from:

Deborah in Georgia, Michael in South Carolina, Jeff in North Carolina, Michelle in North Carolina, William in Minnesota, Herbert in Mississippi, and Joan C. THANK YOU ALL for the generous funding of a recorder with which I can do interviews to share on this podcast! 

with huge gratitude, 

Leigh

questions or ideas for the next episode? Email me at blueridge714 [at] gmail [dot] com or send a message from the Five Apple Farm: Bees, Honey & More page on Facebook.

1
Oct

Book Review: Keeping Bees Alive by Lawrence John Conner ( 35 )

Discussion of this interesting book by Wicwas Press.  (Part 1 of 2) 

THANK YOU to contributors to helped get the new interview recorders!!!

Other ways to help:

Tell a beekeeping friend or beekeepers organization about the podcast. 

Write a review of why you like the show and give it a great rating on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen. 

Thanks to every one of you for listening!

Leigh

blueridge714 [at] gmail [dot] com

 

19
Sep

About this current rabbit hole (34)

Some random chat about what I’m reading and studying for a future episode; stress free alcohol wash hack from Jeff; bee barn teaser; missing Kevin; the usual wanderings.

8
Sep

Feed them if they need it (and maybe for other reasons) (33)

Taking the simple feeding of sugar syrup for hives you find too light to make it....and complicating it with things to tweak? Guilty. Part 1.